Saturday, 4 June 2011

Monochrome Nature Walk birthday card

Today I had great fun running a stall at the Bucks Country Show but before I went, I just had to have a quick peek at this week's Less is More challenge. I absolutely love Mandi and Chrissie's challenges - they always get me excited! And this week is no exception: we are to produce a monochrome card.

Well, I had all day to think about it and, when I got home this evening, I snuck off and whipped this birthday card up in shades of brown:


If you're a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed that this beautiful Nature Walk stamp set gets used a lot!


I stamped all the elements of this card in Early Espresso ink but coloured it in using my new watercolour pencils I bought with my birthday money! VERY excited about these!


Don't you just love this bird?! To make his eye look nice and beady, I coloured it in black pencil and then just added a dot of white gel pen.


Here's that happy birthday sentiment again! It's from Occasional Greetings and I find it really useful because it's long and wide.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Take an A5 piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Mask off the top two thirds of the card front with a piece of scrap paper and sponge Crumb Cake ink across the bottom.
  • Using Early Espresso ink, stamp the bird first, then the sentiment using a stamp-a-majig, then finally the plants off the left-hand edge of the card.
  • Colour the images using water colour pencils, adding highlights with a white gel pen.
  • Sponge the edges of the card front with Whisper White craft ink.

Supplies
Stamps: Nature Walk, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White craft ink
Card stock:  Crumb Cake
Other: Water colour pencils, white gel pen

It looks as if the fine weather is coming to an end again so it looks like an indoors kind of a day for the last day of the half term. How quickly the holidays fly past!

Thank you for coming to see my card today - I shall look forward to returning your visit. Don't forget that I'll be back at the beginning of the week with Masculine Monday if you're looking for male card inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

51 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Vicky. Hope the craft fair went well
    Margaret x

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  2. Oh my. This is so lovely.

    I love your arrangement of images and the beautiful way in which you've colored them. LOVE the kraft card base, too.

    Ann

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  3. You are earlier than usual this week Vicky... another super card too. I'm so pleased that you love our challenges... because we really enjoy your participation.
    Thanks so much.
    Chrissie
    Lady LIM
    "Less is More"

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  4. Super card - fab image, new pencils eh? Looking forward to seeing more of them too

    Kathyk

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  5. Hello Vicky, FANTASTIC WORK OF ART!!!, i love the colours and your stamp is FANTASTIC!!,well done.
    A hug from Palma ISland

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  6. Fab monochrome card Vicky. I love how you use natures walk set. I never really liked the look of it in the catalogue but you make such beautiful cards with it!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  7. Fabulous card Vicky, I love those stamps - might have to check out my SU! catalogue again !!!! Interesting to see that you are using pencils to colour, this seems to be an emerging 'new' trend going away from alcohol markers back to pencils, maybe I should dig mine out again.
    hugs
    wynneth
    x

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  8. Wow, what a Fantastic card Vicky. I just love it. Hugs Rita xx

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  9. Gorgeous card, love it xx Jan

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  10. What an amazing card !! You really bring this bird to life. A xx

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  11. Wow Vicky this is stunning Luv Sue x

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  12. a beautiful card, love the way you colored it.

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  13. Gorgeous card, what a sweet image beautifully coloured.

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  14. Vicky the bird has really come to life,great card.Bev.x

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  15. GORGEOUS as usual! That bird is a beauty for sure.

    Glad you had a good day at the Fair.

    Hugs, Sandra

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  16. I love this card... the little bird looks like he might just nibble those letters up!! he he..
    Hug
    Sylvie x

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  17. Sheer perfection Vicky!
    Love your card, well I always do!
    Thank you as always
    Diva LIM mandi
    "Less is More"

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  18. Gorgeous card, Vicky! Love your stamping, and fab colouring too x

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  19. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card as always ....stunning ....still thinking what to do ....hugs
    sylvie
    xxxx

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  20. Great card, Vicky. It has a 3d look to me! Like the other Victoria, I always gloss over this in the catalogue. But you show us some great ways to use it! Love it.
    Linda

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  21. This is one of my favorite sets too! I love the shading at the bottom to ground the bird. It seems I learn something from you every day! Thank you.

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  22. Wow! That is just gorgeous! I love it

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  23. Wow another fab scene you've created and I have to say the sponged ground just makes this card. Mrs Blackbird looks like she's just hopped out from the shrubs to search for food :)
    Jenny x

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  24. What a beautiful scene you have created for us. Amazing stamping and your coloring is perfection. I love how you said you just " whipped it up " the only thing I can whip up is cream , whipping never looked so good.

    Marie

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  25. This card is exquisite in its details and simplicity all at the same time! I love it.

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  26. Fabulous card and adore your use of the stamps. Annette x

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  27. A truly beautiful and stunning card.

    irene
    xxxx

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  28. Well I'm amazed this is stunning, love it, Gay xxx

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  29. I love the way you have grounded your bird and the added sprig of flowers off the edge finishes the composition brilliantly. x

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  30. Fantastic Vicky. You do these cards so well.
    Lynne xxx

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  31. Love this - the touches of colour on the bird makes is so realistic. Lynn x

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  32. Stunning card. Really elegant.

    Jayne
    x

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  33. I just love this card. It's just perfect

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  34. A gorgeous card Vicky, all the elements sit together so beautifully. Fab. xx

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  35. Another fab card again Vicky, love how you did the 'beady' eye too. Well done again :O) Viv xx

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  36. Beautiful card, that bird is delightful, Judith xx

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  37. Stunning as always Vicky, what an inspiration!
    Cx

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  39. Let's try this again...with my fingers on the right keys! LOL! LOVE this stamp...and you've created a beautiful card. At first I thought you'd added flowersoft, then I realized that you'd touched it up with a white pen...cool! Love it!
    My card is HERE

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  40. I just love this card, its simplicity, colour and design. It is so nice to see a realistic bird. Well done! Kate x

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  41. Hi Vicky

    What a great card I love that birdie!

    Hugs

    Tina

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  42. Beautiful, I want these stamps now! Karen

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  43. Hi Vicky, another great card. Love the colours and the image. Sarah

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  44. A fabulous card Vicky. Sue.x

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  45. Well, I'm all caught up now, but just had to leave one more comment. (You know me... in regards to your blog it seems there can be no post left uncommented on...!) Terrific job with the monochromatic theme. (However I don't think I would ever use the words "nice and beady" together regarding birds eyes... gives me the creeps, you know? Bird eyes are just plain old beady... nothing nice about them... haha! :) ) Hope you have a fantastic weekend! I'm off to prepare for a wedding we're attending this afternoon and a high school graduation for tonight... busy around here!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x